Volkswagen has introduced the Passat BlueMotion concept at the North American International Auto Show.

Volkswagen has introduced the Passat BlueMotion concept at the North American International Auto Show.

Designed to showcase the potential of petrol engines, the concept has a 1.4-liter TSI four-cylinder that has been equipped with direct injection, a start/stop system and an Active Cylinder Management system which deactivates two cylinders at low speeds. The car also has a coasting function which enables the DSG transmission to decouple from the engine - as soon as the driver releases the accelerator pedal - to minimize mechanical drag.

Thanks to these modifications, the Passat BlueMotion has an estimated highway fuel economy rating of 42 mpg US (50.4 mpg UK / 5.6 L/100km) despite having an output of 150 bhp (112 kW) and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm) of torque.

Besides the fuel savings technology, the concept has been equipped with a revised grille, additional chrome trim and a rear spoiler. The model also has a two-tone interior with leather seats, carbon fiber trim and gloss black accents.

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